If you are a Christian, there is a pretty good chance that at some point in your life someone will challenge your faith. The good news is that your response could leave the person feeling better about Christianity than before. Many former atheists have converted to Christianity when presented with Truth. One example is Lee Strobel, author of “The Case for Christ” and the subject of the new Pure Flix movie by the same name.
“The Case for Christ”, is coming to theaters soon, but while you are waiting, there are many inspirational movies streaming now on PureFlix.com that can help you speak truth into a skeptic’s life.
When witnessing to a skeptic, keep these tips in mind:
- Share your conversion story. Sharing the story and feelings behind what you believe often personalizes the conversation and helps the skeptic to see that Christ has a real impact on your life. Remember that you are called to speak truth, not convert.
- Be prepared. There are many things that skeptics challenge about Christianity, including the validity of the Bible as an accurate historical document. Numerous credible resources are devoted to providing evidence on why the Bible is the most reliable historical document ever found. One example is the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry. Reading up on this information ahead of time can help you know how to answer the tough questions.
- Be kind. Avoid getting in a shouting match or being offended. Emotions can get in the way of a calm and logical explanation of the historical facts that support Christianity.
- Try empathy. What would it be like to be a skeptic (or an atheist) and what would you need to hear if you were one? This question can help you think of the right angle to take when explaining your religion.
- Refer them to other sources. It’s fine to admit that you don’t have all the answers, but that other resources do. If you’re stumped, refer your friend to a specific website or your pastor. You can even say that you will find out more and get back to them. The Christian Apologetics Alliance is a great resource.
- Do more than quote Scripture. Giving someone Bible quotes when they don’t believe in the Bible often isn’t helpful. Rather, lead them to the information that proves the Bible is legitimate first. Strobel said: “It was the evidence from science and history that prompted me to abandon my atheism and become a Christian.”
- Pray. Pray for guidance on what to say to those who question you. But more importantly, pray for those who challenge your beliefs. C.S. Lewis said, “Our prayers for others flow more easily than those for ourselves. This shows we are made to live by charity.”
Learn more about responding to skepticism by watching the following four movies on PureFlix.com:
1. Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus
Filmmaker Tim Mahoney sets out to find answers to the questions many modern archeologists have about the biblical Exodus story. For more than 50 years, historians have doubted evidence of there being a real Exodus out of Egypt—but are their claims valid?
2. Faith and Science: Evidence For and Against God
Two answers, one crucial question: Does God exist? Presenting the evidence for the existence of God is Dr. William Lane Craig. Presenting the evidence against God is Dr. Peter W. Atkins. Both men are highly educated and accomplished authors, as well as pioneers in their fields of study.
3. The Case for Christ’s Resurrection
For centuries, millions of Christians have believed that the image of Jesus was projected onto the Shroud of Turin as He rose from the dead. This documentary analyzes historic records and consults with modern medical experts, carefully examining the ancient burial shroud in a new light.
4. Evolution vs. God
Most believe that science and creationism do not mix, but Ray Comfort tries to determine otherwise. Supported through testimony by some of the leading evolutionary scientists from the world’s top universities, Comfort believes that creationism is not only correct, but that it is proven through science.